Enlaces is a 501(c)3 formed in September 2017 with a mission to empower, educate, and engage Alaska’s Latino community by acting as a catalyst for an equitable presence and voice. By collaboration with communities throughout Alaska, Enlaces works to advance social justice and equity for Latinos and Hispanics in the North.
The Board of Directors
Lina’s family moved to Alaska in 1983 from Mexico. She believes in the importance of giving back and just as there were people that helped her when she came to Alaska, she wants to help others navigate and integrate into the community she lives in. She focuses her efforts on empowering the Latino community on issues of relevance such as immigration advocacy, education, housing, and health.
She is a small business owner and served as the Honorary Consul for Mexico from 2000 to 2007. Lina has an associate degree on Small Business Management from UAA, is a co-founder of Sol de Medianoche, Alaska’s bilingual newspaper, and serves as a board member of Enlaces.
Joan Ryan originally from Viña Del Mar, Chile, is a community organizer and a fighter for women’s rights, especially reproductive rights. She currently serves on the Anchorage Women’s Commission, the National Organization for Women Anchorage Task Force, and is a board member of Enlaces. She holds a BA in performing arts, a technical degree in health and natural therapy and currently pursuing a MBA in strategic leadership. She loves spending her time hiking and running with her husband and two dogs, Molly and Oshi, she is also a two-time Mt Marathon race participant.
Daniel Darrow is a term instructor of Spanish at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He has held this position since receiving his master’s degree in Applied Linguistics in 2012. Daniel’s research interests include using comic images and developing/refining online courses to teach Spanish and English as a Second Language (ESL).
Daniel is involved with the local community by volunteering with the Literacy Council of Alaska (teaching/tutoring in ESL), volunteering with the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks, the Fairbanks Biathlon Club, and various projects with the Spanish-speaking community of Fairbanks. Daniel loves to travel and finds himself most happy surrounded by family, learning new things and helping others. He is of Cuban ancestry.
Arthur has been an educator for the past 25 years: 6 years as an elementary, middle, and high school teacher, 11 years as an assistant principal, and 8 years as an elementary principal. He strongly believes his leadership skills and experience will help advance the mission and vision of Enlaces.
He and his wife Maricela have lived in Alaska for 14 years. They came up with their 3-year daughter, Almarina, who is now a Junior at West High School. Their youngest daughter, Savina, was born in Alaska and is currently 11 years old. She attends Paideia Cooperative School. Arthur is Mexican American.
Francesca Du Brock
Francesca is a born-and-raised Alaskan who has spent many years working and studying in Mexico, Perú, Ecuador, and Argentina. She currently serves as the Chief Curator at the Anchorage Museum, often collaborating with artists and community members to develop projects highlighting cultural diversity in the North, such as Librería Donceles, Everyone is Welcome Here, and Día del Sol.
Francesca teaches courses at the Alaska Literacy Program, works independently as an artist, and serves on the Enlaces board. She is passionate about arts, education, and making Alaska a more equitable place to live.
Dayra Velázquez is a Mexican immigrant living in Anchorage, AK since 2008.
She has been a Union organizer with UNITE HERE Local 878 for 5 years, Dayra
has been involved with the Latino community through that organization. She has
also worked with Sol de Medianoche newspaper. She believes that it is
imperative to have real access to information, services, and equity for our
communities to move forward.
Dayra has a master’s degree in US and Canadian studies. She has been
participating as a community outreach organizer with ENLACES since February